Happy End ★★★

There's probably something to be made here between Haneke's self-referentiality and his insistence that the failings that he is critiquing here are generational and recurring. Mostly, this is a lark, or as much of one as a Haneke film can be, drifting into Solondz territory as it lays out a pessimistic worldview then contrives to make its characters prove it out. The plus side is that he doesn't seem to be lecturing to us anymore, emphasizing irony instead of moral failure. Minor, but not bad.